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Scouting Report: Mike Pouncey

Written by Chad Davis on April 5, 2011

Mike Pouncey

 

Position: OG/C School: Florida Height: 6’5" Weight: 303 lbs Class: Senior 40 time: 5.12 All-Star Game: Senior Bowl(invite only) Team Captain: 2010 Draft Projection: Late 1st Round

 

Summary

Mike Pouncey may get a lot of notoriety for being the twin brother of Maurkice (Pro Bowl center and 2010 1st round pick by the Pittsburgh Steelers) but he is much more than just that. An extremely versatile, athletic interior offensive lineman, Mike has a more than good chance of being the second Pouncey in as many years to be a first round pick. Having played defensive line, offensive guard and center, Pouncey will likely settle in as a guard in the NFL. I’d be careful to compare Mike to his brother Maurkice, as Maurkice was unusually talented and highly effective as a rookie. Mike will struggle to live up to such expectations. But with quick (read more…)

Scouting Report: Ryan Kerrigan

Written by Will Spencer on April 5, 2011

Ryan Kerrigan

 

Position: DE School: Purdue Height: 6’3 7/8" Weight: 267 lbs Class: Senior 40 time: 4.71 All-Star Game: Senior Bowl Team Captain: 2010 Draft Projection: Late 1st Round

 

Summary

Kerrigan is exactly the type of football player that every defensive coach wants on their team. Consistent in all aspects of his game, Kerrigan has shown to be a hard worker on and off the field. For two years, Kerrigan ranked near the top of the nation in sacks, forced fumbles and tackles for a loss. The production is hard to ignore but Kerrigan hasn’t been exactly a ‘game-changing’ player. He may be the type of player that is very good at everything, but great at nothing, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Kerrigan is a high motor, high effort guy that is willing to do whatever his team needs him to do. I believe he (read more…)

Scouting Report: Julio Jones

Written by Will Spencer on April 5, 2011

Julio Jones

 

Position: WR School: Alabama Height: 6’2 3/4" Weight: 220 lbs Class: Junior 40 time: 4.39 All-Star Game: n/a Team Captain: No Draft Projection: Top 10 Pick

 

Summary

The argument of Julio Jones vs. AJ Green has been going on since the end of the college football season and quite frankly, it comes down to a matter of preference and team need. Jones is the complete package and has all the tools to become a Pro Bowl receiver in the NFL. Big, physical, excellent leaping ability and has a knack for making plays. Jones also surprised everyone with the a 4.39 40 yard dash at the Scouting Combine, which really boosted his draft stock. Jones has been compared to Anquan Boldin and his physical style of play warrants it. While he may not be as elusive as AJ Green, Julio Jones will still make whichever (read more…)

Scouting Report: Nick Fairley

Written by Will Spencer on April 5, 2011

Nick Fairley

 

Position: DT School: Auburn Height: 6’3 7/8" Weight: 291 lbs Class: RS-Junior 40 time: 4.87 All-Star Game: n/a Team Captain: No Draft Projection: Top 10 Pick

 

Summary

You’d be hard pressed to find a more dominant interior defensive player in all of college football last year than Nick Fairley. The Auburn defensive tackle lined up against some very talented offensive lines in the SEC and was able to consistently make his presence felt. The problem is, Fairley only showed this kind of dominance in one year, which lead many to question if he is a ‘one year wonder.’ When you put on the film, Fairley pops right off the screen with his play. He consistently pressures the quarterback and set up shop in the backfield of just about every team he faced. It’s rare to find someone that is as big as Fairley that (read more…)

Scouting Report: Patrick Peterson

Written by Ryan Lownes on April 4, 2011

Patrick Peterson

 

Position: CB School: LSU Height: 6’01/4" Weight: 219 lbs Class: Junior 40 time: 4.34 All-Star Game: n/a Team Captain: No Draft Projection: Top 10 Pick

 

Summary

Patrick Peterson will undoubtedly be a player who inspires debate over the worth of a Cornerback in today’s NFL. He is an elite physical specimen in the secondary, with size and incredible natural athleticism. The 2010 Thorpe Award winner competed against the nation’s best receivers, displaying the physicality and ball skills that will translate quickly to the next level. Some even consider him to be this draft’s top talent. The notion of a Cornerback going in the first three picks is often disputed by history, but many feel the position’s value is on the rise due to an increasingly pass-happy game. While he may not make history as the first corner to go first overall, Peterson appears a (read more…)

Scouting Report: Cam Newton

Written by Ryan Lownes on April 4, 2011

Cam Newton

 

Position: QB School: Auburn Height: 6’5" Weight: 248 lbs Class: Junior 40 time: 4.56 All-Star Game: n/a Team Captain: No Draft Projection: Top 5 Pick

 

Summary

Perhaps the most widely discussed prospect in the 2011 NFL Draft, Cam Newton will be drafted with the hopes of becoming a franchise passer. His one year of starting experience was one of the most dramatic in recent memory, as he led his Auburn team to a National Championship victory amidst serious NCAA allegations. He burst on to the scene as a tremendous physical talent who soon began carving SEC defenses with his legs and arm. His efforts in only one season made him the landslide winner in the Heisman Trophy race. A subject of much criticism, Newton has held up well, displaying remarkable mental toughness. On draft day, expect him off the board very early. While he (read more…)

Scouting Report: Justin Houston

Written by Gil Alcaraz IV on April 4, 2011

Justin Houston

 

Position: OLB School: Georgia Height: 6’2 7/8" Weight: 270 lbs Class: RS-Junior 40 time: 4.62 All-Star Game: n/a Team Captain: No Draft Projection: Mid-Late 1st Round

 

Summary

One of the defensive players with the most upside in this year’s class, Houston has turned a lot of heads since deciding to forego his senior year and enter the NFL. After spending his first two years as a defensive end for the Bulldogs, he spent the 2010 season standing up as an outside linebacker and proved he could be just as effective from there. He has a tremendous burst off of the line of scrimmage and possesses a great combination of speed and strength to work his way past offensive lineman. Although he may be raw, he has the athleticism and skill set to be effective in coverage as well, which makes him a viable option (read more…)

Da’Quan Bowers Pro Day – 2011

Written by Will Spencer on April 4, 2011

After much anticipation, Clemson DE Da’Quan Bowers worked out for NFL scouts and personnel inside of Clemson’s Memorial Stadium. Bowers tore his right medial meniscus in week 10 of the college football season and after having surgery, was unable to participate in the NFL Scouting Combine or Clemson’s regular pro day event on March 10th. After early projections had Bowers going as high as the #1 overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft, expectations were high.

 

Bowers took the field in front of a large group of NFL scouts and personnel, including Falcons General Manager Thomas Dimitroff, Bills General Manager Buddy Nix, Arizona Cardinals head coach Ken Whisenhunt, Cleveland Browns defensive line coach Dwaine Board, Dolphins pass rush coach Bryan Cox and scouts from the Arizona Cardinals, Atlanta Falcons, Indianapolis Colts, Philadelphia Eagles, Seattle Seahawks, Chicago Bears, Houston Texans, Jacksonville Jaguars, Tennessee Titans, Detroit Lions, New Orleans Saints, St. (read more…)

North Carolina Pro Day – 2011

Written by Will Spencer on April 1, 2011

In what was possibly one of the biggest pro days in the 2011 NFL Draft, NFL personnel and tons of media gathered at The University of North Carolina today. Several players were participating today but the big names were defensive end Robert Quinn, defensive tackle Marvin Austin, wide receiver Greg Little, cornerback Kendric Burney, linebacker Quan Sturdivant and quarterback TJ Yates. Amidst the action were several high profile faces: Buffalo Bills general manager Buddy Nix, Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin, Carolina Panthers head coach Ron Rivera, Arizona Cardinals head coach Ken Whisenhunt, Chicago Bears head coach Lovie Smith, Cincinnati Bengals defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer, New Orleans Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams, Chicago Bears defensive coordinator Ron Marinelli, Baltimore Ravens defensive coordinator Chuck Pagano, Cincinnati Bengals defensive line coach Jay Hayes, Cleveland Browns linebackers coach Bill Davis and New York Giants linebackers coach Jim Herrmann. Teams that I saw represented (read more…)

Draft Breakdown Debate: Ryan Lownes vs. Rob Engle

Written by Will Spencer on April 1, 2011

1. Which player will be the Carolina Panthers’ First Overall Pick?

 

RYAN: I have said it since January; I expect the Panthers will wind up taking Cam Newton with that first pick. They will surely consider Missouri’s Blaine Gabbert and Alabama Defensive Tackle Marcell Dareus, but in the end I believe the Heisman Trophy winner holds the edge. After taking Jimmy Clausen with their first pick (Second Round) a year ago, many will believe the Quarterback position already has its’ young heir. Unfortunately, the Notre Dame product proved himself to be mentally weak, ineffective as a passer, and he appears unlikely to have convinced the new coaching staff. A common misconception is that Clausen was a big investment for GM Marty Hurney, but in reality, he makes far less than $1 million a year. Additionally, the team publicly declared they would replace him if Andrew Luck were to enter this years’ draft.

 

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